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Here you'll find my most most recent blog posts. Explore everything from companion planting and vertical gardening to raising meat birds and water glassing eggs. Don't miss my farm-to-table recipes!
Preserve Your Harvest

Fermented Eggs Recipe (EASY!)

Fermented eggs are delicious, nutritious, and SUPER simple to make! Move over boring hard-boiled eggs, fermented eggs are so much more fun. You’re going to LOVE them! When eggs are coming in from the coop by the basketful in the spring and summer, it can be hard to know what to do with them all.

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A photo of a group of chickens pecking at ticks in the grass
Raise Chickens

Do Chickens Eat Ticks? (…Do Ticks Eat Chickens?)

If you’re looking for some natural pest control strategies, you may be wondering “do chickens eat ticks?” Ticks are certainly a worrisome pest to have lurking on your homestead, so it’s an important one to consider! Not only do ticks give most of us the heebie jeebies, but ticks can carry many diseases as well.

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A photo of homemade drawing salve tins laid out next to calendula, plantain and mullein leaves in the woods

Homemade Drawing Salve (Bites, Stings & Slivers)

A homemade drawing salve is a perfect addition to your home apothecary or emergency kit. Insects bites, and injuries are a part of outdoor living, but they don’t have to ruin your day! Don’t miss this one! My homemade salve recipe contains potent ingredients that will help draw out toxins or foreign objects to get

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A photo of a dill head blooming to attract beneficial insects as a companion plant
Grow Your Own Food

5 BEST Dill Companion Plants (and 2 to AVOID!)

Are you wondering what the best (and worst) dill companion plants are? Look no further; I’m here to help! Dill is an excellent addition to the garden as they attract predatory insects that will keep pests under control. In this article, we will dig into the top 5 companion plants that greatly benefit from being

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A photo of a thai basil plant flowering in front of sweet basil plants
Grow Your Own Food

Basil Plant Flowering? Here’s What to Do About It

Have you noticed your basil plant flowering? Don’t panic! This is a normal part of the basil plant’s life cycle, but it can mean that your harvest is coming to a close if you don’t act fast. In this article, we’ll review the reasons why your basil plant may be flowering and the best course

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A close up photo of garlic scapes growing out of a garlic plant ready to be harvested.
Grow Your Own Food

When to Harvest Garlic Scapes (& How to Do It!)

Are you wondering when to harvest garlic scapes and the best way to do it? You’re not alone! There’s an art to picking them at the right time so that they are tender and delicious for eating without negatively impacting garlic bulb development.  Hold onto your gardening gloves because this is a fun topic! We’ll

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